Pedestrian accidents can result in severe injuries, due to the pedestrian not having any protection against the vehicle that hit them. In the state of Georgia, the law states that every driver must exercise due care and effort to prevent hitting any pedestrian on a roadway, must give a warning with their horn when necessary, and must exercise precautions.
With pedestrian accidents being so dangerous and the way the law is written in Georgia, it’s common to seek compensation after suffering from one of these accidents. Below we review a pedestrian vs. vehicle settlement case we recently completed.
In one of our most recent cases, a 13-year-old girl was walking on a crosswalk when she was struck by a vehicle delivering food for a well-known pizza company. She suffered a broken hip which had to be surgically repaired. After taking on the case, we contacted the lawyer representing the pizza company. Though the facts seemed clear to us, after some back and forth, it became clear we were going to need to file a lawsuit and prepare the case for trial to maximize the compensation to our client.
After filing the lawsuit, we went through the discovery process by exchanging documents, handling depositions with our minor client, the client’s mother, the client’s friend, the driver, and the company’s executives, filing motions, and hiring the necessary experts. We did everything needed to get the settlement that our client and her family deserved as right before our case was about to go to trial, the company greatly increased their settlement position and we were able to resolve the case in the 7 figures.
After this settlement, we introduced our client to a company that specializes in structured settlements to create a trust for her. With this trust, she will be able to pay for her college, pay for incidentals while at college, and provide her funds when she graduates from college. The funds will then give her a great start on her life with money available to buy a house/start a family/etc. Our team was able to turn an awful situation in her and her family’s life to a more positive situation that provides her with financial assistance to start her life.
After experiencing a pedestrian accident, you will need a personal injury lawyer on your side to fight for the compensation you deserve. Our team at J. Stein Law Firm will not allow an insurance company to lead you to believe you were at fault. If you have a potential case, give us a call today to schedule your free consultation.